This morning I was looking at a list of street names for Burnie and came across several names that may be familiar to some readers. One name in particular is Rockliff, which I believe came from George William Rockliff, who owned a cordial factory in Cooee.
Both George's maternal grandparents were former convicts: Francis Fitzmaurice and Mary Ellen McDonnell of Cork, Ireland.
Amos Eastwood, who was from Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, was serving in the British military when he was sentenced to seven years transportation after striking a superior officer. A wheelwright by trade, he was with the 78th regiment for a period of six years, whereafter he received court martial for 28 days and then transported from India on the Royal Saxon, arriving in Tasmania in 1851.
After his release in 1858, Amos went to live in the West Tamar district where he began to raise a family. In 1872 he accepted a position at a sawmill in Elliott. In those days, timber was drawn out of the forest by high-wheeled iron arched jinkers, and it was for building and repairing of such wheels that Amos was engaged in.
After several years in Elliott, Amos and his family moved to Burnie, where he began working for John Tatlow making and repairing wheels for different classes of vehicles.
Some time ago I came across Patrick Linnane in one of my genealogical searches and found his circumstances worth the while investigating.
Patrick Linnane was a former convict from Galway, Ireland. He was tried in 1849 for stealing sheep and transported on the Lord Auckland in September 1852, arriving in Tasmania in January 1853. He received his Conditional Pardon in 1855.
Patrick eventually made his way to the Table Cape district where he established himself as a farmer in Flowerdale. He had a brood of children before he finally married his de facto wife, Jemmima Sophia Davis on 2 October 1879. The minister presiding over the marriage ceremony was none other than Reverend Isaac Hardcastle Palfreyman.
The two were destined to meet again on a collision course that would inevitably lead to a tragic outcome.
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